Submission Guidelines

Archive408 features work by people with ties to San Jose, California.

We are happy to consider submissions in four categories: words, images, sounds, and as part of our living histories series (see details below). We welcome both completed submissions and pitches. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to run by us, please send us a brief email describing your potential project.

Email all submissions, along with a short bio (or bios, for collaborative work), to


We accept written submissions of 3,000 words or less. This may include short nonfiction articles, poems, hybrid works, interview transcripts, stories, collaborations, and more. We pay a small honorarium of $40 for every accepted submission.  Written submissions may include images or sound files when applicable.


You can submit a set of up to 5 images for consideration. All image submissions should be .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif formats. 

Include with your submission:

  • Title of each image
  • The photographer’s name
  • Date each photo was taken (day, month, year if you know all 3)
  • General location
  • An image description

OF NOTE: We aim to avoid creating a surveillance database. Because facial recognition technology can access and use public images, we will blur out the faces of photographic subjects who are still living. We will not blur out the faces of those who are now deceased, or those in photographs that are over 30 years old.


You can submit up to three minutes of sound. Submissions can be music, conversations, ambient noise, descriptions of events or places, short oral histories, etc.  All sound submissions should be on .mp3 or .wav files. 

Include with your submission:

  • Title of recording
  • Name(s) of the person(s) who captured the recording
  • Date of the recording (day, month, year if you know all three)
  • General location
  • Any context you wish to provide for listeners

Living Histories

Living Histories is an occasional series of collaborative articles that bring together the perspectives of multiple contributors. Through this series, we aim to create a simple, low-stakes way for people to participate in archiving our landscape. If you have an idea for a Living Histories topic area, please reach out to us at

Stories of San Jose Queers

deadline 15 November 2019

Read the Call for Submissions